1. Year 7 Camp

    20 March @ 8:45 am - 23 March @ 3:30 pm AEDT
  2. Assembly

    23 March @ 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm AEDT
  3. Year 8, 9 and 10 Camp

    26 March @ 8:00 am - 29 March @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  4. year 7 Immunisation – HPV 1 & Boostrix

    26 March @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm AEDT
  5. Virtual Debating – Stage 3 – First Round

    26 March @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm AEDT


  • Join us at our Open Day on Tuesday, 8th May 2018

    SMGS warmly welcomes prospective Kindergarten to Year 12 families to join us on Tuesday, 8th May for our Open Day. Our Open Day is a perfect opportunity for prospective families to meet members of our leadership team, some of our teaching staff, school captains and prefects. The day will also include a tour of our […]
  • Tathra Bushfire Fundraiser

    Dear Parents and Students, As you may be aware, a devastating bushfire has impacted the community of Tathra this past weekend, destroying 69 homes, and damaging many more. In support of those affected, Snowy Mountains Grammar School will be hosting a Mufti Day and Barbecue fundraiser on Friday 23 March. Please bring a gold coin […]
  • Preparations underway for SMGS Junior School Grandparents and Special Friends Day

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day is one of the most anticipated events on the SMGS Junior School calendar! All Junior School families are asked to RSVP on their guest’s/guests’ behalf via CareMonkey by Friday, 23rd March. We hope to see you there!
  • SMIEC 2018 – Program now available

    The SMIEC 2018 Program is now available via: The SMIEC organising committee also announced the 2018 SMIEC entries opening and closing dates: Entries Open: Monday, 12th March 2018 at 7:00 pm Entries Close: Friday, 20th April 2018 at 9:00 pm All entries must be made online using the Global Entries Online portal: Tests and […]

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Fundamental movement skills, the ‘building blocks’ for more complex and specialised skills

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Junior School, Uncategorised|

In K/1 and 2/3 this term, students are learning Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS). Fundamental movement skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and [...]

Circus Challenge visits SMGS Junior School

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Junior School|

On Tuesday, 13 March, the circus came to town and we got to be a part of it! SMGS’ Junior School was entertained by a travelling circus company, called Circus Challenge. Two performance artists displayed [...]

Meet Botley!

By | March 15th, 2018|Categories: Academic, Junior School, Technology|

Meet Botley! Yesterday, Ms Taylor's K/1 class had their first coding lesson. The room was a buzzing with excitement as students worked together in small groups to program the coding robot. Here are a few [...]